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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe First Drive | geneva auto show 2017

 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe First Drive | geneva auto show 2017
 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe First Drive | geneva auto show 2017
There is a certain filling symmetry to a three-by-three grid. Think of the solved fringe of a Rubik's cube, your Instagram top nine, or the tied-up terminus of a round of tic-tac-toe with your nephew when the board is finally full and you don't have to play anymore.

Like the rest of the big German automakers, Mercedes has long had a three-tiered approach to sedan make, in ascending widths from small and medium sized to large-scale. The C-, E-, and S-Classes are stalwarts, the inmates of the left-hand horizontal editorial of a standard Benz three-by-three square. But the firebrand currently being been busy proliferating its vehicle lineup in an virtually metastatic room, crowding in the rest of the boxes in this four-door/ two-door/ convertible matrix. Now it is finally secreting private vehicles that occupies the midriff of the middle- the middle sequence of the middle editorial. And any Hollywood Squares fan knows you can't win the game without the centre for human rights square.

This car is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe, which will join its sedan brother this summer( a new convertible will join the lineup afterward this year .) The simple-minded provide answers to what differentiates this vehicle from its sibling is that it lacks rear doors, as well as the barriers between the figurehead and rear spaces and any formulating adjacent them.

But the true inconsistencies lie a bit deeper in the E coupe's physical makeup. The two-door is shorter, wider, and lower than the sedan, and trips on a wheelbase that eliminates a few inches between the pedal pits. But it is nearly five inches longer than its precede, the previous-generation E-Class Coupe, and just about all of that office goes into the compartment.( To briefly baffle acts, the last E-Class coupe was actually based on the C-Class, which asks the sizing divergence .) 

What this implies is that the coupe has a lower center of gravity, and a slightly more jaunty impression than the sedan, and that people of normal sizing can journey in the carefully carved back seat without find like the litter in a compactor. The aforementioned frameless, retractable spaces cure bring in the sunrise and aura, as does the beings retractable panoramic glass sunroof. Too brightening up the interior is the sole dashboard differentiator from the sedan, a sequence of stylish HVAC ducts, the specific characteristics of which is quite intricate but abides an disastrous affinity to a silver sphincter.

Our seat-of-the-pants assessment of the coupe on the twisty and picturesque mountain and village roads around Catalonia did little to confirm the slightly more sporting sort of the coupe over the sedan. That's in part because the difference is possibly imperceptible, but more so because it's insignificant. This E-Class Coupe is not a hardcore two-door arch carver like the AMG GT or C63 S coupe, it is more of an stylish boulevardier be in conformity with the S550 Coupe, restrained and in control, but never harsh.

This is in no way meant as an revile. A Mercedes-Benz two-door- especially one powered by the 329 -horsepower/ 354 -pound-foot twin-turbo 3.0 -liter V6 that causes often of the rest of the E-Class line of cars and crossovers- is one of life's more adult amusements. It's thrusty and properly riotous when needed, and otherwise just perfectly able and seamless in service delivery, even across the nine gears in the 9-GTRONIC dissemination. One glimpse at the W114, W123, and W124 coupes that the Benz Classic Center had parked in front of our Spanish hotel reminded us of the desirability of this handsomely stolid heritage. These are elegant autoes, never showy, but always just right, and the new E coupe is more just right than it has been in decades. With this nine-car grid, Mercedes might just have the best-looking current OEM lineup, perhaps even rivaling the Benzes from the Bruno Sacco era in the Seventies and Eighties to which they offer modern homage.

 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe First Drive | geneva auto show 2017
 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe First Drive | geneva auto show 2017

There is a deeper rationalization behind our incapacity, or unwillingness, to see the sportiness of this particular vehicle, and that is that it includes one of the most sophisticated Level Two autonomous driving plans currently available on the market, with abilities that outperform even the interests of the tech included in its big brother, the S-Class. So the car was driving itself a lot of the time.

We let the computer drive at extralegal accelerate on the Spanish motorways( it will operate in this capacity at up to 130 mph) and marveled at( though were sometimes troubled by) its insisting on slowing down to the posted accelerate as soon as it viewed a accelerate restriction sign. We committed it on vast four-lane boulevards, and enjoyed realise it change paths on its own with precisely a movie of the turn-signal bar. We even swopped it on in inscrutable stop-and-go Barcelona traffic, and discovered that it is capable of "seeing" the marauding swarms of scooter riders that blight that municipal, even if "they il be" creeping up along our flank; pestering parking sensor rackets follow, and sometimes a pedestrian-impact notification graphic appears in the instrument panel, depending on the size and closenes of the scooting.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe First Drive | geneva auto show 2017
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe First Drive | geneva auto show 2017
We're used to driving in New York, where nobody presents a whit about autoes, so we were thrilled to discover that so many Catalonians, throughout a vast demographic swath, seems to take note of the E-Class coupe. Without exaggeration, we observed a tween girl, a middle-aged human, a group of soccer bros, and at the least one grandmother checking it out, allured, as we drove by. Two older servicemen on a waterfront terrace squinted at it, and then followed with their sees as we pussyfooted past. One moment at the car and explained to his quizzical sidekick, Ehy Coop-ehy . Truer names was ever spoken.

When it goes on sale here in the summer, expect it to simulate the pricing of the outgoing vehicle, which conveys all over the mid -$ 50,000 collection to start and another $2,500 for 4MATIC all-wheel drive. We might get the starter-performance AMG E43 with 396 hp at some site in the future, but don't expect a 603 -hp AMG E63 S coupe. In example you haven't noticed, Americans are generally trading apart their autoes for more utilitarian crossovers, and they're escaping from stylish but impractical coupes even faster. We revere Benz's dedication to the two-door list, though selecting a Top Nine from the brand's myriad gives has just become more difficult than ever.

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